You can study Visual Arts and Design at ACU as both a dedicated Bachelor degree or in combination with other specialisations through the Bachelor of Arts or combined Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts.
The Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design (BVAD) will provide you with a broad foundation in visual arts and design, and support you in becoming a well-rounded visual arts practitioner equipped to meet the demands of the creative industries with innovative thinking and entrepreneurial flair.
At ACU we pride ourselves on creating a dynamic learning environment that is engaging, challenging and nurturing. Throughout the course, you will obtain a mix of instruction in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography and other digital media, while also studying the history of art and design in a way that enriches, extends and complements your own practice.
Each campus has a beautiful public gallery space in which you will regularly exhibit your work.
The BVAD at ACU is one of the few degrees that offers individually tailored internship programs so that you can gain valuable workplace experience while studying. We also offer a professional practice module to support you in developing the skills essential for future employment.
You can also take advantage of numerous opportunities to study abroad, either for a full semester in Europe or America, for an intensive tour to Italy for the Venice Biennale, or at the recently opened ACU Rome Study Centre.
As a Visual Arts and Design student at ACU you will benefit from being taught by respected practitioners who are highly successful in their fields, each of whom has strong connections within the creative industries both in Australia and internationally and can facilitate a range of opportunities for students.
A recent update to the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design now makes it possible for BVAD students to undertake a minor from among the offerings in our Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students can also undertake a major or minor in the Visual Arts.
As an ACU Visual Arts and Design graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will be able to:
- Communicate and apply your broad knowledge of visual art and design media, history and theory through artistic practice and other communication forms
- Mobilise your understanding of the interrelationship between theory and practice to solve problems and identify creative and commercial opportunities
- Contribute responsibly as a visual art and design practitioner both individually and collaboratively
- Develop awareness of cultural diversity and know how your creative skills contribute to society and the common good
Where to from ACU?
- Graduates from Visual Arts and Design go on to enjoy exciting careers as graphic, web and multimedia designers; professional artists; illustrators; professional photographers; small business operators; arts administrators; printmakers in the textile and fabric industries; event managers; etc.
- Many graduates also go on to study further in specialised areas such as art therapy and art conservation, or to undertake practice-based research at the Honours, Master’s and PhD levels
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Visual Arts major or Bachelor degree is an enriching pathway to becoming a secondary-school Arts teacher